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Its Monday 30th December 2013 and a leopard filled Christmas

Hope you are enjoying the festive season so far! This week we will hear from another old friend of RPS – Emma Cross is down from the UK to host another Christmas season. Over to you Emma! “It’s been a hive of activity here at Nkwali over the past week with Christmas preparations and celebrations […]

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Its Monday 23rd December 2013 and Simon’s Liuwa experience.

Well Christmas is just around the corner now and i hope you are getting into the spirit of it all! This week we will hear from our old friend Simon Cousins who ventured further field this time to the majestic Liuwa Plain. Over to you Si. “There are not many great superlatives to describe the […]

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It’s Monday 16th December 2013 and a new water baby for Pumulani!

Another week has come and gone. I hope you had a good weekend and took it easy. This week we will hear from Alex and Karien from Pumulani. Over to you. Pumulani welcomes the arrival of its new floating platform, to add to the already long list of water activities on offer.  Our sleek new […]

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Its Monday 9th December 2013 and more new arrivals in Majete.

Hope you had a great weekend! This week we’ll hear from the Mkulumadzi team down in Majete where alot has been happening! Over to Emma. “It’s December and another year is swiftly coming to an end. This year we’ve had some really exciting developments with the lodge celebrating its second birthday and African Parks also […]

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It’s Monday 2nd December 2013 and return to the wild.

Its Monday and return to the wild Well another weekend has come and gone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for the week ahead! We’ll hear from Keyala (who’s fondly known as Kiki) this week who up until a few months ago had been M.I.A. Over to you Kiki. “Although I have […]

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Its Monday 25th November 2013 and Carnivore Week

Well hello there my avid reader! So what do we have for you today? Well we have had a very busy week at Nkwali with Carnivore week so seeing as I was not involved with the upfront side of it all I thought we would hear from Elizabeth, who is part of the ZCP (Zambia […]

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It’s Monday 18th November 2013 and a little bit dry.

Well after last weeks muddy wet ‘Its Monday’, this week we are the absolute opposite! We have not had a drop of water since and the temperatures are high and humid and the clouds are building yet there seems to be a lack of water hitting us here on the ground. It does however have […]

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It’s Monday 11th November 2013 and the first mud

At long last the first storm of the wet season arrived at Nkwali and we received an inch in just over an hour – a lot of water created a lot of mud! However the earth dried so quickly there is little evidence that the showers even passed by. As usual we were caught by […]

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Its Monday 4th November 2013 and seasons and cycles at Pumulani.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend and are all set for another week ahead. This week we will catch up with Pumulani and see how things are panning out over there. Over to Alex & Karien. “As all seasoned travellers to Sub Saharan Africa will know, October is the start of the dry and hot […]

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Its Monday 28th October 2013 and excitement at Luangwa River Camp

Well happy Monday! I hope you have had an absolutely fabulous weekend? Here we have had not even a single chance to recognize the weekend with what is going on in the valley at the moment. The star of the show though has got to be the game drive at Luangwa River Camp earlier in […]

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Its Monday 21st October 2013 and roaring news from Majete!

Hope the weekend went well and you are all set for the week ahead! This week we have some exciting news from Mkulumadzi Lodge so without further ado, over to Chris.             “Last Monday having braved the weather, which promised a storm, we headed out for an afternoon drive, eager […]

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It’s Monday 14th October 2013 and a sweeping statement.

Well here we are again – another Monday. So what news for you? I hope you have had a fabulous weekend. Second of all welcome to another week. What news of the valley… first lets begin with a couple of wonderful sightings here in camp at Nkwali – I mean who needs to go on […]

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Its Monday 7th October 2013 and roars, paws and warm days

I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend and are hitting this Monday with all the enthusiasm required to see it through to the end! We have been a tad on the busy side but before we go on to that, guess what happened last night….? That familiar low grumble of thunder and then […]

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Its Monday 30 September 2013 and the glorious giraffe!

Here is a quick round up of the weather forecast and other little bits and pieces. Its hot and sunny here in the Luangwa, rumor has it that we have already hit the 40C mark and we are still in September so lets see what next month has to offer! Our Mobile Walking Safaris are finishing […]

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Its Monday 23rd September 2013 and a weekend of birding.

I hope you are sitting comfortably for more tales from the Luangwa. The season so far has been an absolute corker with some phenomenal wildlife sightings but there is always one species which is a constant come what may – birds. We have recently had Simon Cousins in with some of his colleagues and over the […]

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Its Monday 16th September 2013 and Majete news.

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead! This week we have news from Mkulumadzi, over to you Emma and Chris. “Another season is coming to an end with the lodge celebrating it’s 2nd birthday and has seen more visitors coming to Majete Game Reserve.Many have heard of the conservation […]

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Its Monday 9th September 2013 and a catch up from Kawaza.

Well this week it dawned on me that it has simply been ages since we have heard anything about Kawaza Village. So given that we had Cheryl and Manny Mvula here with us – Cheryl is our Responsible Tourism Consultant – and they have been working closely with the Kawaza Village community over the last few […]

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It’s Monday 2nd September 2013 and a stay with RPS!

Hello, my avid “It’s Monday” reader – I have recently been bombarded with some fabulous stories from guests about their stay with us, so the usual chaos of a Monday morning is largely relieved due to my job being done for me! That is not to say that I don’t greatly enjoy writing to you […]

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Its Monday 26th August 2013 and a prickly evening.

Happy Monday morning to you! As always the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the lions are roaring. Life in the Luangwa is no hardship at all and as if that does not make you jealous, let’s have a round up from the camps on what has been going on and see what the […]

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Its Monday 19th August 2013 and the power of paws!

Well after another fabulous weekend we find ourselves sitting at the threshold of another week, ready and raring to see what joys and challenges it will throw our way. So whilst we sit and contemplate such things, let us hear from Martin and Jane Wynne-Jones who have recently returned from their holiday with us here in […]

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It’s Monday 12th August and news from around the camps

I hope that you are fighting fit and ready for the new week. I have a few exciting nuggets for you to all catch up, on but first we have a brief snippet from Majken Kruse who was recently out with us on safari. Majken over to you: “David Tebbs and I have recently returned […]

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It’s Monday 5th August 2013 and all hands on deck at Pumulani!

Hope you had a good weekend. More news from Malawi this week, as we hear from Alex, who manages Pumulani Lodge on Lake Malawi. Over to you Alex. “With the normally lush and thick vegetation thinning out in the lake’s dry winter season, a whole new world of walking trails gets introduced to the lake’s […]

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It’s Monday 29th July 2013 and new arrivals at Majete!

It has been quite a while since we have had some news from Malawi, so for this week it is over to Emma, the manager at Mkulumadzi. “The season has got off to a very good start with lots of exciting developments happening in Majete Wildlife Reserve. The bush is thinning out despite having a […]

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Its Monday 22nd July 2013 and exciting visitors in Livingstone.

For this week we have more news from Livingstone, with an exciting international visitor and the town definitely bursting with activity – once again Amy, over to you. It’s Monday in Livingstone, and the town is a buzz with excitement! Livingstone recently played host to one of the world’s most prominent actors on the international […]

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It’s Monday 15th July 2013 and news from the Nsefu Sector

Well hello there…. I thought that this week we would hear some news from the Nsefu sector, as it feels a little like we have abandoned this gem so far this season. I can assure you that it is not for a lack of game viewing!! So where to start? Well, being slightly biased towards […]

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It’s Monday 8th July 2013 and Liuwa rainbows.

Hi, there! I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend and that you are ready for yet another It’s Monday, the most of which was not written by me!! This week we get to hear from Neil Andrews about his recent trip to Liuwa Plain. “I have holidayed in Africa at least once a […]

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It’s Monday 24th June and news from Stanley Safari Lodge.

Well hello, I hope that you are well, had a fabulous weekend and sitting comfortably ready for some news from Stanley Safari Lodge, the latest addition to the Robin Pope Safaris family. All very exciting as this is a first for all of us so sit tight and ready to hear the news from Amy […]

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It’s Monday 1st July and the second installment from Stanley Safari Lodge.

Hey there, so I hope that you are sitting comfortably for the second installment from Amy down at Stanley Safari Lodge – Amy over to you: “Almost everyday we send our guests on a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The opportunity arose for me to take some guests, and so I thought I […]

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It’s Monday 17th June 2013 and lovely Liuwa.

I hope that the weekend went well and that we are not about to make you too jealous as we hear from Mervyn Wingfield about his latest trip to Liuwa. If it’s any consolation I have also turned a little green with envy!! So for this week over to Mervyn: “Being very experienced safari goers, […]

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It’s Monday 10th June 2013 and what a lot going on.

So where to start? Well I guess lets go with the “I hope you have had a fab weekend” and then from there we can brag about everything that we have been up to over on this side of life! Well let’s be honest there is no better way to show off than to bring […]

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It’s Monday 3rd June 2013 and a stay at Luangwa River Camp.

This week I have a little bit of a break from writing to you as I have received some lovely photos and some great prose from a guest who recently stayed with us at Luangwa River Camp. So for this week over to Rob… “I had a rare occasion that my wife and I had […]

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It’s Monday 27th May 2013 and full swing.

There really is nothing like the beginning of season. Scooting around the camps ensuring that all the new hosting staff are happy and under control. Going through inventories and topping up the camps with fresh goodies to start the season in the strongest possible way. Issuing out all the new uniform and all the while […]

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It’s Monday 20th May 2013 and bits and bobs from South Luangwa.

I hope that you had a fabulous weekend and are attacking the week with the usual vigor and excitement as I am. Having set myself an enormous amount of tasks to achieve before 7am today, I am ticking them off but not quite as promptly as I would like. Kitchen has been power hosed down. […]

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It’s Monday 13th May 2013 and visitors galore at Pumulani.

Another weekend has come and gone! Hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for the week ahead. This week, Alex and Karien, the managers at Pumulani are going to fill us in on what has been happening their end! “Pumulani is now well and truly in full swing and we have settled in well, […]

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It’s Monday 6th May 2013 and a bush and beach tale.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Today we’ll here from Emma and Chris, the Mkulumadzi managers, who as you know, recently tied the knot! Over to you Emma. “Chris and I were recently married, and after which, were lucky enough to take our families to South Luangwa for a few days and then on to […]

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Its Monday 29th April and a wild dog extravaganza!

Hello and happy Monday to you! I hope that you are all well and embracing the new week. Here in the Luangwa Valley life is scurrying along with its usual pace leaving no one sitting for too long or without any great gaps between animal sightings. Big and small we have been feasting this week […]

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Its Monday 22 April 2013 and leaping leopards.

Hello and hope that Monday is off to a great start and the week ahead is going to scoot by with excitement and speed ready for the next heavenly weekend! Here in the Luangwa we are in full pre-season panic mode. Now when I say panic, I don’t really mean it. I suppose I am […]

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Its Monday 15th April 2013 and congratulations!

Hello there, I hope that you had a lovely weekend. I have to say that over on the African side of life, we had a fabulous one, especially Chris and Emma (you have heard from Emma from Mkulumadzi a couple of times) who tied the knot in Malawi. They did it in style! It was […]

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Its Monday 8th April 2013 and a busy week in the Luangwa Valley!

I hope that you are well and had a fantastic week. It has been a pretty busy week for us down here in the valley. The work side of things I shall not bore you with too much but will sadly tell you that Nsefu is now closed again as River Journeys has ended and […]

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It’s Monday 1st April 2013 and a slice of paradise!

Hope you had a great Easter break, filled with plenty of Easter eggs! This week we’ll hear from Alex & Karien, the new managers at Pumulani. “So we arrived at Pumulani a few weeks ago, ready and eager to take the helm as the new managers. We had seen the photographs online and read the […]

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It’s Monday 25th March 2013 and a trip down the Shire River!

Hope the weekend went well and you are ready for the week ahead. This week we will hear from an old friend of RPS, David Marsh who visited Mkulumadzi Lodge for the first time. Over to you David “No-one had prepared me for the stunning views from the escarpment as you look over the Shire […]

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It’s Monday 18th March 2013 and highlights from David Rogers Photographic Workshop.

Hope you had a great weekend! Today we’ll hear from David Rogers who has just returned from his annual Photographic Workshop in the South Luangwa Valley and has lots to share. “One of the great things about Emerald Season safaris in the Luangwa Valley is not only the migrant and colourful birds, the lush landscapes […]

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It’s Monday 11th March 2013 and a trip up the river.

I hope that you are all well, jolly and enjoying life. Here in the valley we have had a strangely warm week with all of us complaining about the heat. And there the Brits were, thinking that they were the only ones to talk about the weather incessantly! Well you would have thought that we […]

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It’s Monday 4th March 2013 and Luangwa Safari House Mayhem.

I hope that the weekend has been happy and that the new week ahead is looking like it’s about to be a great one. So from this side, after returning from my leave refreshed and slightly too full of energy, I decided that 3 weeks was plenty of time to completely re-do the Luangwa Safari […]

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It’s Monday 25th February 2013 and a wet start to the season at Mkulumadzi.

Hope you had a good weekend! This week we will hear from the Mkulumadzi team and how things have been going. So it’s over to Emma. “We have been closed for the last few weeks so staff, including Guy (our chef), Chris and myself, could go on some well-deserved time off and to be able […]

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It’s Monday 18th February 2013 and some conservation news.

This week, news from the valley as promised, but something slightly different! I thought that we would give you some interesting info about the work that we and some of the other tour operators in the Luangwa Valley are doing together. In fact it is all doing so well that more tour operators are joining, […]

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Its Monday 11th February 2013 and news from the Holford’s trip to Pumulani.

Hi everyone – so we are back from a wonderful snowy cold England after a fantastic break and whilst most people don’t enjoy the cold weather I am afraid to say that we absolutely adore the change and seeing everything covered in white is a little slice of magic. All in all good times had […]

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Its Monday 4th February 2013 and a rapturous morning!

I hope that you had a lovely weekend and are ready for what lies ahead this week! To kick start your Monday we have a few words from Robin about his latest trip to Liuwa Plain. So for this week over to Robin…..             Whilst driving across the plains, on […]

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It’s Monday 28th January 2013 and the magic and the wild.

This week we hear from Maria-Jose Carballo, an RPS regular guest, on her last trip to the Valley. “Mid-October 2012 found me once again in South Luangwa, the place that after many visits over the years, remains my top African destination and a home away from home. During my stay I had the privilege of […]

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It’s Monday 21st January 2013 and another season comes to an end at Pumulani.

This week we will hear from Laura, from the Lilongwe office, who was helping the team at Pumulani close for the season. “As the New Year has dawned we have enjoyed hosting our final guests of the 2012 season at Pumulani. With the sun shining as brightly as ever over the lake, the view towards […]

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It’s Monday 14th January 2013 and a new year at Mkulumadzi

This week we will hear from Emma and the team down at Mkulumadzi. The year has come and gone in a blink of an eye and it’s time to reflect on all that 2012 had to offer. When we first arrived we were filled with eager anticipation about all that the year was going to […]

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It’s Monday 7th January 2013 and what a way to start the year.

Hi there! I hope that you are well and that the New Year has got off to the desired successful start. Here, things certainly seem to be heading in that way and the team is in good spirits and the animals are doing exactly what we want them to do! On the lion front the […]

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